"Dear Carol, I'm struggling to find special gifts for my family"
I've been struggling to find special things to get my family for their birthdays or holidays. For example, I like making them cards, but it just seems like they have a lot of stuff. And it's becoming close to impossible to get them something they don't have. How do I keep their gifts feeling special without getting repetitive?
- Gift Giver
Dear Gift Giver,
Your family is lucky that you are so thoughtful. And no worries: Most parents and grandparents do not get tired of cards, especially when they're heartfelt or homemade. As for gifts, if you're always buying your dad, say, a pen or golf balls, browse a bookstore. If you have sibs, pool your money and splurge on clothes or a gourmet treat. Your mom? Maybe earrings? She'll think of you whenever she wears them. Consider taking a photo, getting it printed and framing it. Or making an album. Even baking your family's favorite dessert can go a long way. If you have a Christmas tree, make or buy a special ornament. In short, stay creative but don't worry too much either. It truly is the thought that counts.
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